My gnome terminal has stopped showing the menu bars when I mouse over the top bar. I'm not sure why this is happening. I did a full update (apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade) and then rebooted, but that didn't do anything. I even tried changing my shell to see if something in my profile was causing this behavior, but that didn't work either. Is this a bug, or do I have something set wrong?

Another error that showed up around the same time is that when in tmux pressing Ctrl+P causes ^P to be written to the terminal. Could these two errors be related? After resetting my gnome-terminal settings this problem still exists, so it is unrelated.


I found that deleting (or moving in my case) the gnome terminal config located at ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/%gconf.xml and rebooting causes the menu to reappear. I've posted my config here for anyone who's interested (the commented line 6 was the cause of the problem).

I'm unsure how I got the setting on line 6 set. Looking at the settings dialog for gnome terminal, there's nothing that I see that seems like it would cause that behavior.


Found the setting. I'm not sure how I missed before, or why I clicked it in the first place. I don't know how this "feature" could ever be a good thing to have, since you can't get back into the settings to set it back.

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    By the way, right-clicking on the terminal window shows a popup menu. One of the menu items is a "Show Menubar" toggle. So you can get the menubar back and get to the preferences dialog. – Michael Miller May 7 '14 at 0:47
  • I had the same issue after running a setup script that created a %gconf.xml file on a clean install of 15.10. The highlighted setting does not show up in the preferences in 15.10. I deleted the %gconf.xml file and on reboot menu was operating as expected. – Antonios Hadjigeorgalis Dec 16 '15 at 15:07

You can also turn on the menu bar with this command in terminal:

gnome-terminal --show-menubar

It helped me to solve this problem, so I'm posting it here. I hope it will be useful for others.

  • Didn't work for me – Nav Jul 19 '17 at 14:49

In my case (Ubuntu 16), going to System Settings > Appearance > Behaviour. Under the "Show the menus for a window", selecting "In the windows title bar", solved it.

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